MONTHLY WALK ROUND-UP
THURSDAY, JANUARY 2
SUNRISE SERIES: BALBOA PARK. Meet at 6th Ave. and Laurel St. to start our exploration of Balboa Park from the west side where we’ll plan to see two of San Diego’s historic treasures, the Marston House, a classic 1805 Arts and Crafts style museum home designed by renowned local architects William Hubbard and Irving Gill, and then continue over historic Cabrillo Bridge to Plaza de Panama and into Balboa Park as far as we can go in 1 hour on flat and paved terrain at your own pace. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. John & Marilyn (619) 840-5544.
MISSION BEACH NORTH & SOUTH. Walk the beach or the bay and stop for coffee near the end of this flat walk. Meet at the Belmont Park ticket booth off of Mission Blvd. To use public transit, ride the trolley to Old Town, and then take the #8 bus at 9:40 to Mission Blvd. arriving at 9:54, and walk across the street. Rain cancels. Pace: moderate to moderate-plus. Kathy L. (858) 484-0349.
SHELTER ISLAND WALK & TALK. Join Rob, Elaine, Janet or Kathy B. for a walk from the Bali Hai to the Friendship Bell and back on flat sidewalks (about 2.5 miles round trip; 60+ minutes including pit stop). Breathe delicious ocean air and enjoy dynamic bay and city views from ships to sea lions. Meet new friends to the right of the Bali Hai by the lamp post and hand rails, where we will stretch for a few minutes. Ample free parking. If you’re late, drive down the island and join us along the way. Take the #28 bus and walk approximately 3 blocks to the Bali Hai. Optional eats afterward. Heavy rain cancels. Pace: casual+. Sally R. (619) 222-3800.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 5
BREAKFAST SPECIAL: SHELTER ISLAND. Let’s take a casual to moderate walk along this beautiful, mostly flat area by the bay where there are many beautiful homes. Then back to optional breakfast. Meet at meterless spaces in the parking lot at Anchorage Ln. and Canon St. (one block south of Shelter Island Dr). Edie A. email@example.com. (619) 313-7818.
MERRY GO-ROUND. Join us on one of the most scenic walks in San Diego. We start at the carousel in Balboa Park. Our walk encompasses the harbor, downtown and Bankers Hill. Depending on size of the group and mood, we may include some bridges. Allow three hours, which includes a coffee break. To use public transit, take the trolley to 3rd Ave. and C St. At 3rd Ave. and Broadway take the #7 bus at 7:42 or 7:48. Arrive at Zoo Pl. at 8:00 or 8:06. Meet in the lot near the carousel at Park Blvd. and Zoo Place. Pace: moderate plus. Rick P. (858) 565-7212.
MONDAY, JANUARY 6
SUNRISE SERIES: LAKE MURRAY. Walk at your own pace for 1 hour on a mostly flat path around the lake. Drive through the main entrance to Lake Murray at the end of Kiowa Dr. off Lake Murray Blvd. Meet in the main parking lot on the left as you approach the lake. We’ll see walkers, bicyclers and lots of cute dogs out for their morning stroll. Optional breakfast follows. Marlene G. cell (619) 204-0095.
AMERICA’S CUP HARBOR. Join leader Rob as we walk around America’s Cup Harbor on sidewalks to admire what’s new in the marina from bayside restaurants to a new brewery, gelato/coffee shop, deluxe condos and new docks, with lots of construction and MORE. The casual+ pace walks on flat paved surfaces and are approximately 2.5 miles each for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Fun, friendly group. Optional eats afterward. Meet to the right of the front door of the Bali Hai. Ample free parking; Served by #28 Bus and walk 3 blocks. Heavy rain cancels. Sally R. (619) 222-3800. Repeats every other week.
CROWN POINT AREA BECKONS. Start out your week with beautiful scenic views of Mission Bay and nearby homes. Our guest leader will take the group on a flat walk for about two hours, with a pause for coffee or yogurt. Take I-5 to Grand Ave. and go west to Lamont Street, turn left on Lamont Street, then right on Crown Point Drive to meet at the west end of the parking lot — by the park’s southern end restrooms. To use public transit, take the trolley to Old Town and board the #9 bus at 9:10. Get off at La Cima Dr. and walk 3 blocks east to the parking lot. Rain cancels. Pace: moderate to moderate-plus. Kathy L. (858) 484-0349.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 7
ABOVE THE BAY. Join us for some exercise and fabulous views of the lights around Mission Bay. Meet by Carl’s Jr. at Clairemont Dr. and Burgener Blvd. for a hilly, 1-hour plus, moderate to moderate-plus walk. Rain, but not mist, cancels. Flashlight recommended. Please call Jill F. (858) 292-4231 to make sure walk is ‘on’ for the week. We cancel due to holidays or commitments during this busy season.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8
LAKE MURRAY. Come join us for a peaceful casual paced 1 hour walk on a mostly flat path by the water. There is a variety of wildlife to be seen as well. Drive through the main entrance to Lake Murray at the end of Kiowa Dr. off Lake Murray Blvd. Meet at the covered picnic table by the water just off the main parking lot. Optional breakfast after. Janet F. (619) 890-4622.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 9
SUNRISE SERIES: BY THE RIVER AT LIBERTY STATION. Join Edie for a moderate, 1-hour walk on mostly paved, level paths. We’ll meet in the parking
area near the river at the south end of Womble St. From the south, take I-5 to the Pacific Hwy. exit, veer to the left onto Barnett Ave., turn left into Liberty Station, turn left at Womble St. From the north or east, take the Rosecrans St. exit, proceed several miles until you see Vons on your left – Womble St. is the next left turn. Optional breakfast follows. Edie A. (619) 313-7818.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 10
MISSION HILLS MEANDER. Have you ever looked for patterns in the names of our local streets? From A to Z, Point Loma has streets named for famous authors. Pacific Beach has gem and mineral streets. Ash to Walnut are the tree streets in Banker’s Hill. Do you know that Mission Hills has? Join us at a new, one time location—the corner of West Washington and Albatross—for a one hour moderate walk as we discover what streets are unique to this area of San Diego. Cynthia R. (619) 889-6645.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 11
LAKE COUNTRY – SAN MARCOS. Start off the new decade on the right foot by joining me for this walk from Lake San Marcos to Discovery Lake in San Marcos. This will be a fairly flat, approximately 5 mile, moderately paced journey along suburban streets and easy trails. Expect to see waterfowl, finches and other natural sights along these peaceful, pretty, local lakes. Meet in front of the Decoy restaurant at 1035 La Bonita Dr., San Marcos, CA. From the intersection of S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. and W. San Marcos Blvd, go south on S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. Turn left at Lake San Marcos Dr. Turn left at San Marino. Turn right at La Bonita Dr. Lenore E. (619) 890-0714 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SUNDAY, JANUARY 12
BREAKFAST SPECIAL: BALBOA PARK. The park is beautiful year round, with many paths to explore at your own pace. Eating and chatting afterward is optional but great fun. Meet at the carousel on Park Blvd. at Zoo Pl. Edie A. email@example.com. (619) 313-7818.
MONDAY JANUARY 13
SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION BAY. Let’s enjoy the season by the bay on this moderate, 1 hour, flat walk where we can watch for a beautiful sunrise and check out the different birds. Meet at the former Visitors Information Center. From the I-5, take the Clairemont Dr. exit and go west. Optional breakfast follows. Winnie M. (858) 278-4003.
HISTORIC LA PLAYA TRAIL. Join leader Rob as we follow a leg of the historic La Playa Trail along shoreline past yacht clubs, amazing homes and award winning gardens. Meet at the trail marker by the bay at the intersection of Talbot Street and Anchorage Lane, 2800 Talbot Street, an area which was the site of a Chinese junk shipbuilding village until the Chinese Exclusion Act. We will follow the ancient Kumeyaay path that became the oldest commercial trail in the Western United States, used by fur traders, whalers and fishermen to transport cargo from Ballast Point to Old Town and beyond. The casual+ pace is on a flat dirt trail for approx. 2.4 miles RT and 75 minutes. Street parking; observe signage. Optional eats after; heavy rain cancels; served by bus #28. Sally R. (619) 222- 3800. Repeats every other week.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 14
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16
SUNRISE SERIES: NATIONAL CITY. We’ll take a moderate 1-hour flat walk to check out the National City Marina and then on to Pepper Park. We hope to see a cargo ship unloading cars or lumber and people fishing off the pier. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward. Take I-5 south to the Mile of Cars Way/Bay Marina Dr exit, turn right (west) and then make a left at signal into the restaurant parking lot where we’ll meet. Frances (619) 479-3962
FRIDAY, JANUARY 17 (THIRD FRIDAY)
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SUNSET CLIFFS VIEWS. We’ll finish our one hour walk near dusk, but we will enjoy this picturesque wonderland and spectacular views with occasional surprises such as weddings, marriage proposals and impromptu celebrations. Meet at Sunset Cliffs Blvd. & Point Loma Ave. (not West Point Loma Blvd.) in Ocean Beach. For public transit, take bus route 923 from downtown at Broadway & 5th Ave. OR route 35 from Old Town Transit Center and transfer to route 923 in O.B. We walk at a very casual pace with stops as appropriate. Stan F. (619) 222-3447.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19
BREAKFAST SPECIAL: MISSION BEACH. Let’s walk, at your own pace, along the boardwalk to enjoy the ocean waves reflecting the rising sun. We could go north or south as we admire the mixture of old beach cottages and new multi-story homes. Meet in the parking lot in front of the roller coaster. If this parking lot is closed, meet in the large parking lot to the south. Edie A. firstname.lastname@example.org. (619) 313-7818.
MONDAY, JANUARY 20 (DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY)
SUNRISE SERIES: DOWNTOWN—MLK PROMENADE. We’ll explore the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade in celebration of this holiday. Along the way, we’ll check on progress of any new construction in downtown. We’ll meet at the parking lot next to the merry-go-round at the south end of Pacific Hwy for this flat, moderate, 1-hour walk followed by an optional breakfast. Connie V. (619) 477-8628.
AMERICA’S CUP HARBOR. See Monday, January 6 for details.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 21
MAUREEN CONNOLLY WALK. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women receiving the vote, Evelyn will lead one walk each month honoring a notable San Diego woman. We will start with Maureen Connolly (“Little Mo”), one of the greatest women’s tennis players of all time. We will see where she grew up, where she started playing tennis, and a new exhibit honoring her. Meet at the corner of Lincoln and Idaho streets for a casual-to-moderate, 1.5 plus hour walk with some hills. Buses stop on University Ave. at Utah or Oregon/ Pershing, and on El Cajon Blvd. at Utah and Oregon. Rain cancels. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22
MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK, OAK GROVE LOOP PLUS. This is a 1.5 mile round trip easy walk on a dirt trail. It’s mostly level terrain with a gradual\ incline and some steps. It’s a good idea to wear shoes with a good tread. Meet in front of the Visitors Center. Directions from Interstate 8 exit to Interstate 15, take Mission Gorge road exit then turn left on One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego 92119. Rain cancels. Optional breakfast after. Janet F. (619) 890-4622.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23
SUNRISE SERIES: PACIFIC BEACH BOARDWALK. Let’s take a moderate 1-hour walk on flat terrain and enjoy the fresh air, early morning breeze and beautiful sunrise where we can look forward to good company, chatting and an optional breakfast afterward. Meet at the Crystal Pier at the west end of Garnet Ave. Bring money for optional breakfast. John & Marilyn (619) 840-5544.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24
MISSION HILLS MEANDER. Even if you really don’t believe in it, many in China (with a population of over 1 billion) claim to follow the Chinese zodiac. We will walk, talk and learn about its 12 animal signs. You’ll be saying “Guny Hay Fat Choy” before the end of the walk and be ready for the Year of the Rat. This is a 1 hour, casual to moderate 2.5 mile walk. From Washington St. go north on Goldfinch and west to our regular meeting place, 1920 Ft. Stockton Dr. Cynthia R. (619) 889-6645. December 5, Sunrise Series Walk in Coronado. 5
SUNDAY, JANUARY 26
BREAKFAST SPECIAL: PACIFIC BEACH. Before the crowds arrive, walking along the ocean in Pacific Beach can be delightful. We’ll admire the waves on a flat walk at your own speed and then return by the same route. Meet at the end of Garnet where the pier begins. Optional breakfast follows, perhaps overlooking the ocean and the surfers. Edie A. email@example.com. (619) 313-7818.
MONDAY, JANUARY 27
SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION BAY BACKWARDS. Let’s start on the path near Sea World Dr. to enjoy the playground and the sights we’ve missed on this moderate 1-hour walk on flat, mostly paved terrain. Take Sea World Dr. exit west off I-5, turn right at the first light, pass the entrance to Fiesta Island, cross the bridge and park at the second small parking area on your left. Optional breakfast afterward. Winnie M. (858) 278-4003.
HISTORIC LA PLAYA TRAIL. See Monday, January 6 for details.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 28
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30
SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION HILLS. We’ll discover what’s new and old, what is being remodeled and renovated, the beautiful yards and gardens in one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods. This is a moderate 1-hour walk on flat terrain, but for the faster walkers, there will be an option for you. Meet Connie at St. and Fort Stockton Dr., which is 1 block north of West Washington St. Optional breakfast afterward. Connie V. (619) 477-8628.